Presidential Proclamation No. 273 of 2002 declares October of every year as a special month for the Conservation and Protection of the Tamaraw in Mindoro. The proclamation urged all government offices, agencies and instrumentalities in the whole island of Mindoro to implement activities geared toward the conservation of the Tamaraw and its habitats.
The Tamaraw is a small wild buffalo weighing about 300 kilograms (660 pounds). It lives in dense forests with open glades for grazing and is known to prefer living close to water for wallowing. It feeds on grasses, bamboo shoots, and aquatic vegetation.
Its small size and great strength enables it to push through dense jungle and climb steep mountains.